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How to Prove Negligence Caused the Death of a Jones Act Seaman

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You knew that your loved one’s job was dangerous, but you were still shattered when you were told of his death. As a sailor, he was protected under the Jones Act, leaving you and your family compensation for loss of his life at sea. But when you discovered the circumstances of the accident, you can’t help but think your family member’s death could have been prevented. Is there a chance you can still get justice for an employer’s fatal mistake?

You may have a valid Jones Act negligence claim if a seaman’s death resulted from:

  • An unsafe work environment. Jones Act employers are required to provide a safe place to work for their employees. Working on vessels is a dangerous activity in a hazardous environment, but employers have a duty to reduce as many risks as possible by implementing safety devices, properly training and supervising crew members, performing regular inspections, and ensuring that all equipment is working adequately to prevent injury.
  • Inability to safely complete his duties. Since crewmen are both ordered and expected to perform their duties onboard ship, they must be provided the proper tools to do so. Tools that have been improperly welded, design flaws that encourage injury, and defects in machinery or equipment are just a few oversights that constitute negligence.
  • Failure to perform timely repairs. Neglect of regular maintenance, including stuck doors, rusted hatches, defective dumbwaiters, frayed lines and elevator safety ropes, and spills may easily cause fatal injuries that could have been prevented.
  • Negligence on behalf of the owner or employer. Not only do you have to prove that the defendant was negligent in some way, you must also be able to show that the negligence directly caused the injury or death of the seaman.

The Clock Is Ticking on Your Jones Act Negligence Claim

If you think you loved one’s employer may be negligent, you should have the incident investigated as soon as possible. There is a strict time limit, known as the statute of limitations, on how long a seaman’s family can wait before filing a negligence claim. Please use our website to learn how to investigate the circumstances of a Jones Act accident and file your claim.

William Turley
“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.”
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